Tag Archive for: Service-learning

The implementation model of Service Learning (S+L) in the Catholic University: an experience that positively impact the comprehensive professional training

Jouannet, Chantal; Salas, María Helena; Contreras, María Antonieta

Calidad en la educación

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
0 39 197-212 DOI: 10.4067/S0718-45652013000200007  

 

Language Country
Spanish Other

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This document presents to the academic community the experience of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile incorporating the service Learning methodology (S+L). The description reviews the main methodological characteristics particularly of those pedagogical aspects that makes it a development tool for the disciplinary content learning and the formation of skills, attitudes and values as social engagement, team work and problem resolution. The description also includes the steps teachers and their courses take to implement the methodology. Finally, it presents results obtained by now showing a positive impact on the main stakeholders: students, teachers and community partners.

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service learning; comprehensive education; personal and professional development; teaching and learning methodologies; higher education

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Prospective Primary Teachers’ Didactic-Mathematical Knowledge in a Service-Learning Project for Inclusion

Teresa F. Blanco, Alejandro Gorgal-Romarís, Cristina Núñez-García and Pablo G. Sequeiros

Mathematics

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
10 652 https://doi.org/10.3390/math10040652

 

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English Spain

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An analysis of the didactic-mathematical knowledge put into play by a sample of 30 prospective primary teachers during their participation in a Service-Learning program focused on mathematical stimulation as a measure of attention to adolescents at risk of social exclusion is presented. The program aimed to respond to current training demands by promoting the development of mathematics-specific professional competencies, as well as social skills to interact with students, and to positively influence the prospective teachers’ affection towards mathematics and its teaching. It was developed during three academic years in two phases: the learning module was oriented to the presentation of the mathematical stimulus program and the didactical analysis of the STEAM activities knocking it into shape; in the service module, the participants implemented the activities in an educational center with students at risk of social exclusion. The analysis was carried out from the video recordings of the sessions, the future teachers’ written reports with the analysis of the activities, questionnaires on the didactic-mathematical knowledge and a satisfaction test. The results show difficulties on the part of the future teachers to analyze some of the activities of the program, which seems to have its origin in their poor command of the common knowledge of the mathematical content, which also limits them when it comes to managing the activities in the way expected for the stimulus program. All in all, participation in the program was positively assessed by them in relation to its usefulness for their training. The potential benefit of Service-Learning programs such as the one addressed here in the face of a positive impact on the affections towards mathematics is concluded, as a necessary step for a more effective acquisition of didactic-mathematical knowledge and skills in the initial training.

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adolescents at risk of social exclusion; didactic-mathematical knowledge; inclusive mathematics education; mathematical stimulus; service-learning

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Transversal Competences and Employability of University Students: Converging towards Service-Learning

Rego, M.A.S.; Sáez-Gambín, D.; González-Geraldo, J.L.; García-Romero, D

Educ. Sci.

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12 265 https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12040265

 

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English Spain

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We are living in times of great transformations within the field of education and the labor market. These changes are connected and have to do with an expanded knowledge society, whose implications reach the levels of employability in times of uncertainty. Within this framework, the main purpose of our study is to perform a theoretical analysis and an empirical approach to the influence that transversal competences (soft skills) may have on the degree of employability of university students. We have identified some of those competences and we have tested them with a sample of 83 employers and 1249 students using a Likert scale. Our results show the interest of employers in the mastery of transversal competences and inequalities in terms of students’ perception thereof. We did not find any significant differences between students starting their degree and those who were about to complete it. However, we did find differences between the students who participated in experiential activities and those who did not, in favor of the former. Due to the importance of experiential learning in our results, we dedicate our discussion to theoretically exploring whether the pedagogical approach of Service-Learning (SL) might contribute to a better connection between transversal competences and employability.

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Higher Education; employability; Service-Learning; EHEA; transversal competences

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Connecting Higher Education to the Labour Market: The Experience of Service Learning in a Portuguese University

Pais, S.C.; Dias, T.S.; Benício, D.

Educ. Sci

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
12 259 1-14 https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12040259

 

Language Country
English Portugal

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The mission of higher education institutions (HEI) includes fostering conditions that enable student participation, and a commitment to their professional success. Pedagogical strategies which combine learning that goes beyond the university and involves a service-learning (SL) course carried out in the context of a pedagogical innovation programme of the University of Porto were examined. This examination included interviews with teachers, a focus group discussion with students and the analysis of logbooks and final reports to realize the potential of SL for improving mployability. The results put into perspective the weaknesses and potentialities of SL courses at HEI and show that when academic learning is integrated with community experience, students gain both personal/social and academic skills. They also develop leadership and communication skills and critical awareness on the one hand and time and resources management and the ability to adapt and respond to challenges of the real world on the other, all seen as beneficial for the transition into the labour market.

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service learning; higher education; labour market; learning; experience

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Institutionalizing civic engagement: Shifting logics and the cultural repackaging of service-learning in US higher education

Lounsbury, M; Pollack, S

ORGANIZATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
8 2 319-339 DOI: 10.1177/1350508401082016

 

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English Other

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Institutionalists in organizational sociology have developed a good deal of evidence about the role of field logics in shaping the practices of organizations. In this paper, we extend this imagery to multiple fields, highlighting how shifting logics in a superordinate field enable the infrastructural development of a subordinate field. in particular, we track how initially marginal, anti-institutional service-learning practices became a legitimate component of mainstream curricula in the field of US higher education. While service-learning proponents have always made claims about the importance of generating knowledge and insight by helping others in the community, service-learning entrepreneurs had to build a field infrastructure to support their claims and culturally repackage the aims of service-learning in a way that articulated with broader logics in the field of higher education. We argue that the shift from an unarticulated closed-system logic to a situation of contending closed-system and open-system logics in the field of higher education facilitated the cultural repackaging of service-learning practices, enabling civic engagement to become a more accepted part of university curricula. Despite this apparently ‘successful’ institutionalization, however, competing logics in the field of higher education have instantiated contradictions in the service-learning field, raising important issues about the future of service-learning as well as the US educational system.

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higher education; institutional theory; logics; service-learning

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Character, civic renewal and service learning for democratic citizenship in higher education

Annette, J

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
53 3 326-340 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8527.2005.00298.x

 

Language Country
English United Kingdom

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This article explores the civic republican conception of citizenship underlying the Labour government’s programme of civil renewal and the introduction of education for democratic citizenship. It considers the importance of the cultivation of civic virtue through political participation for such developments and it reviews the research into how service learning linked to character education can lead to the civic virtue of duty or social responsibility.

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civic republicanism; civil renewal; citizenship education; civic virtue; political participation; character; service learning

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Reedy creek cleanup: The evolution of a university geography service-learning project

Parece, Tammy E.; Aspaas, Helen Ruth

JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
106 4 153-161 DOI: 10.1080/00221340701658794

 

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English Other

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Service-learning courses within a university setting help students to better understand their roles as members of civil society. This article examines the evolution of an urban stream cleanup project that has been part of a world regions geography course for six years. After connecting course goals with the current best practice literature on student engagement and “greening of the curriculum,” the context of the cleanup is discussed, focusing on the physical geography of the urban stream and political and university perspectives that influence the environmental status of the stream. The article analyzes the successes and challenges of the project and identifies strategies that have evolved in order to enhance the success of the project. It closes with recommendations for using this as a model for generating service-learning courses at other universities.

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service-learning; urban watersheds; stream cleanup; green curriculum; Chesapeake Bay

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Contextualising undergraduate pharmacy training in service-learning at the University of the Western Cape

Bheekie, Angeni; Adonis, Tracey-Ann; Daniels, Priscilla

EDUCATION AS CHANGE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
11 3 157-167 DOI: 10.1080/16823200709487186

 

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English Other

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The pharmacy profession necessitates continual revision of undergraduate training to meet both I changing and challenging health needs. Service-learning is a teaching methodology that assists health professions and academic training institutions in facilitating curriculum changes to improve the competence of pharmacy graduates. This method addresses the core requirements as stipulated by the South African Pharmacy Council for entry-level pharmacists. The aim of service-learning was to introduce an educational intervention for students that would enable them to rotate between the classroom and the workplace with the goal to provide them with the opportunity to accumulate learning experiences in both contexts. This article presents the development of the pharmacotherapy service-learning module as a case study which can be used as an exemplar for other service-learning modules. Fourth year students participating in the service-learning module were the focus of this study. Data was collected in various ways through focus groups, written reports, on-site assessments and feedback sessions and this provided the primary data for this research. Data was analysed by identifying common themes in the primary data. Students indicated that they were able to obtain an overview of the primary health care system, gain confidence in counselling and dispensing, and apply pharmacological concepts.

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service-learning; pharmacology; engagement

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Embedding Service Learning in South African Higher Education: The Catalytic Role of the CHESP Initiative

Lazarus, Jo

EDUCATION AS CHANGE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
11 3 91-108 DOI: 10.1080/16823200709487182

 

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English Other

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Service-learning (SL) was a relatively unknown term in South African (SA) Higher Education (HE) until the late 1990’s. In response to the call of the White Paper on the Transformation of Higher Education for “feasibility studies and pilot programmes which explore the potential of community service in higher education” the Joint Education Trust(1) (JET) launched the Community – Higher Education – Service Partnerships (CHESP) initiative in 1999. The major focus of this initiative was to assist SA Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to conceptualise and implement SL as a means of giving expression to the mandate given in the White Paper. This paper tracks the development of the CHESP initiative and its contribution towards embedding SL in SA HE. The paper highlights some of the key outcomes at an institutional and national level and underpins these through the results of a comprehensive external review of CHESP undertaken in 2007, eight years after the initial launch.

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Service Learning; Community Engagement; Institutionalisation

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Working to learn and learning to work: A profile of service-learning courses in university public relations programs

Witmer, Diane F.; Silverman, Deborah A.; Gaschen, Dennis John

PUBLIC RELATIONS REVIEW

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
35 2 153-155 DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2009.02.001

 

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English Other

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The purpose of this study was to use quantitative survey methodology triangulated with qualitative interviews to explore faculty perceptions in four key areas of service-learning in public relations programs: (1) conceptualization, (2) outcomes, (3) institutional support, and (4) instructional techniques. Results support findings in other disciplines. Public relations course goals reflect four different types of stated learning outcomes: (1) application to real-world settings, (2) teamwork, (3) interactions with PR clients, and (4) civic responsibility, but most educators include reflection opportunities only on public relations concepts and not on community engagement. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Public relations; Community engagement; Service-learning; Community service; Communication

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Applied Spanish in the university curriculum: A successful model for community-based service-learning

Nelson, Ardis L.; Scott, Jessica L.

HISPANIA-A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE TEACHING OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
91 2 446-460 DOI: 10.2307/20063729

 

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English Other

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In 2002 the Applied Spanish: Community Studies minor at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Applied Spanish minor is a 21 credit-hour interdisciplinary minor that melds community-based service-learning with traditional classroom methodology. This article presents a curricular model that other institutions may wish to follow. It describes the origin and development of the program, its courses and service-leaming opportunities, and the results of a survey that evaluates benefits to students in the areas of cultural understanding and knowledge of Hispanics, language learning attitudes, leadership skills, social responsibility, and career impact.

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career impact; community-based; cultural understanding of Hispanics; curriculum development; interdisciplinary; language learning attitudes; service-learning

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ETHICS, SOLIDARITY AND “SERVICE LEARNING” IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Arratia Figueroa, Alejandrina

Acta bioethica

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
14 1 61-68 DOI: 10.4067/S1726-569X2008000100008  

 

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Spanish Other

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This paper explains the teaching experience of the “Service Learning” methodology, and it hopes to point out the possibilities that it offers for the teaching of ethics, as well as for the stimulation of social responsability and to form values in the frame of curricular activities in nursing. This methodology searches to encourage, on one hand, students’ compromised participation in the teaching-apprenticeship process and, on the other hand, to fortify the giving component of a good quality’ component for the community. As an experienced pedagogical frame, it strengthens the critical thought and problems’ resolutions, and it encourages a formal reflection during the experience.

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bioethics’ teaching; service learning; social responsibility

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Service-learning – The integration of higher education and the community in the process of the education of socially responsible and active citizens

Culum, Bojana; Ledic, Jasminka

REVIJA ZA SOCIJALNU POLITIKU

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
17 1 71-88 DOI: 10.3935/rsp.v17i1.897

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The paper analyses the connection between the civic mission of the university,, higher education teaching (as one of the basic academic activities) and the education of socially responsible and active citizens. It presents one of the most current models of experiential learning at the university level, originally called service-learning. The model in question relies on the integration of the curriculum and active involvement of the students in the community, with the aims of ensuring their better understanding of the academic discipline, the needs and problems of the community and encouraging their (further) civic involvement. The international academic community is increasingly regarding this model as a mechanism that successfully contributes to the realisation of certain aspects of the civic mission of the university. With the purpose of contributing to the conceptual analysis, the concepts and approaches to the definition and theoretical origins are presented. Opening the area of the discussion about the challenges of the integration of this model into higher education curriculum at our universities, the Croatian equivalent of the term set-vice learning is offered and explained.

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university civic mission; service-learning; higher education teaching; active citizens; social responsibility

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What happens when the university meets the community? Service learning, boundary work and boundary workers

McMillan, Janice

TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
16 5 553-564 DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2011.580839

 

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English Other

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This article explores service learning via the lens of activity theory. Through this lens, it is identified as a form of ‘boundary work’ in higher education, with educators identified as ‘boundary workers’. Drawing on the data from a recent study, this paper analyses service learning as an often contradictory and tension-filled practice. The ‘expanded community’ and ‘dual but interrelated object’ in the service learning activity system result in many tensions for students and community members alike. This in turn poses significant challenges for boundary workers, and ultimately for the university. The paper concludes by arguing that in order to encourage and value service learning, we need to acknowledge the (new and different) knowledge, values and skills required for playing the role of boundary worker in (boundary) practices such as this.

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service learning; activity theory; boundary work; boundary workers; contradictions

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Incorporating Service-Learning, Technology, and Research Supportive Teaching Techniques into the University Chemistry Classroom

Saitta, E. K. H.; Bowdon, M. A.; Geiger, C. L.

JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
20 6 790-795 DOI: 10.1007/s10956-010-9273-0

 

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English Other

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Technology was integrated into service-learning activities to create an interactive teaching method for undergraduate students at a large research institution. Chemistry students at the University of Central Florida partnered with high school students at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in interactive service learning projects. The projects allowed UCF students to teach newly acquired content knowledge and build upon course lecture and lab exercises. Activities utilized the web-conferencing tool Adobe Connect Pro to enable interaction with high school students, many of whom have limited access to supplemental educational opportunities due to low socioeconomic status. Seventy chemistry I students created lessons to clarify high school students’ misconceptions through the use of refutational texts. In addition, 21 UCF students enrolled in the chemistry II laboratory course acted as virtual lab partners with Crooms students in an interactive guided inquiry experiment focused on chemical kinetics. An overview of project’s design, implementation, and assessments are detailed in the case study and serve as a model for future community partnerships. Emerging technologies are emphasized as well as a suggested set of best practices for future projects.

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Chemistry education; Service-learning; Web conferencing; High school; University

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Service learning in Britain between the wars: university students and unemployed camps

Field, John

HISTORY OF EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
41 2 195-212 DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2011.582047

 

Language Country
English United Kingdom

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This article considers the role of university staff and students in camps for the unemployed in interwar Britain. These ventures can be seen as showing continuities both with nineteenth-century social service initiatives like the educational settlements, but also with contemporary concerns with service learning. The article explores three camping movements: the camps for unemployed men organised by the Universities Council for Unemployed Camps, the Durham women’s camps organised by students from Girton College, and the camps for unemployed workers and students organised by the English nationalist Rolf Gardiner. Despite the obvious dissimilarities, the three movements showed a common concern with creating community and bridging class divisions; they were also intended to develop a new approach to leadership among the students. However, they also had unintended consequences: many student volunteers developed left-of-centre views, some shifting radically to the Left, and others committing to a lifetime of public service.

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higher education; service learning; citizenship; leadership; voluntary

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Integrating service learning in Jordanian higher education

Mahasneh, Randa; Tawalbeh, Aisheh; Al-Smadi, Rana; Ghaith, Souad; Dajani, Rana

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
49 4 415-425 DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2012.728874

 

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English Other

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The main aim of this exploratory study is to test ‘Service Learning’ as a teaching and learning strategy in Jordanian universities by integrating service learning into a counselling course at the Hashemite University. After providing a 12-h service at 10 service locations, a 16-item questionnaire was administered to 60 senior counselling students to assess their perceptions about the service experience. Administrators of the service locations also completed a questionnaire about their level of satisfaction regarding the service provided. Qualitative data were also collected from groups’ portfolios, and reflection papers based on students involvement in service learning. The findings of the study revealed that service learning promotes students’ learning of the course content, students’ sense of connection to their classmates and university, their sense of social responsibility and professional development. Administrators were satisfied with the service and looked forward to future cooperation with the university.

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service learning; community service; counselling children and adolescents; play therapy; Jordanian higher education

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University Service Learning methodology: creating employment with social enterpreneurship

Simo Algado, Salvador; Ginesta Portet, Xavier

HISTORIA Y COMUNICACION SOCIAL

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
18 DOI: 10.5209/rev_HICS.2013.v18.44265

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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The University must become an engine of the civil society and take an active part in leading contemporary social challenges, such as the situation of unemployment in Spain. The University Service Learning methodology allows us to integrate a reality-based learning with the community service, concretizing the social responsibility of the University. The article presents the interfacultative EcoSPORTech project developed at the University of Vic. The purpose of this project has been the creation of youth employment using social entrepreneurship. The communication policy has been a key factor in this project.

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Entrepreneurship; service learning; young unemployment; social responsibility; communication

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Actas de la II Jornada de investigadores sobre aprendizaje-servicio.

Herrero, Ma. Alejandra. Tapia, María Nieves.

CLAYSS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN 978-987-23812-2-6

 

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Spanish Other

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CLAYSS has organized five Service-Learning Research Symposiums in 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Service-Learning Research Symposium aims at contributing to its theoretical foundations, to promote encounter and exchange between researchers and to give visibility to the experiences developed in the different educational areas. It focuses on: Discussions and theoretical contributions to the definition of “Service- Learning “; Monitoring and evaluation of service-learning institutional programs and practices and case studies and systematization of service-learning programs and practices. This impact publication collects papers submitted to the II Symposium.

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Service-learning; International research

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College students’ service learning experience from e-tutoring children in remote areas

ChanLin, Lih-Juan; Lin, Hong-Yen; Lu, Tze-Han

4TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES (WCES-2012)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
46 450-456 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.05.140

 

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English Other

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In recent years, service learning has experienced rapid development in education in Taiwan. Many universities have integrated service learning into the curriculum or promoted service learning as volunteer activities in enhancing cognitive development and growth among college students. In this study, college students participation in the service learning project, “Online Tutoring for After-School Learning” at Fu-Jen Catholic University was analyzed. Experiences of college students in e-tutoring children in remote areas were reacted. Issued related to service learning, distant services and equity of access, e-tutoring initiative, and students’ experiences are addressed. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu

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Service learning; digital divide; e-tutor; online tutoring; after school learning; distant learning

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Service learning: study of the degree of satisfaction of university students

Folgueiras Bertomeu, Pilar; Gonzalez, Esther; Latorre, Gemma

REVISTA DE EDUCACION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
362 159-185 DOI: 10.4438/1988-592X-RE-2011-362-157

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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Service learning projects promote student learning through active participation in community service. Thus, the service learning method enables students to engage directly with the people to whom they offer their services and requires them to adapt to other peoples’ needs and to a reality that is often very different from the classroom. This is one of the major ways in which service learning has an impact. In addition, service learning helps to awaken students’ interest in collective action, citizenship, etc. A comprehensive diagnostic study of 39 students was conducted to analyse four key dimensions (attributed knowledge and intentionality, evaluation of usefulness, evaluation of the process and social impact) on the basis of the chosen satisfaction model. The four dimensions led to reflection on key elements of learning and community service (learning about citizenship, learning about oneself, learning of a curriculum, processes of reflection, etc.). The main data analysis technique was content analysis, involving the triangulation of various techniques (questionnaires, interviews and discussion groups) and informants (students, teachers, coordinators and members of other organisations). Data analysis showed a high degree of satisfaction among the participating students. The dimension that most influenced the results was assessment of the attributed value, more specifically the students’ perception of their acquisition of conceptual, personal and citizenship knowledge. It should be cautioned that the results were swayed by the relationship generated among teachers, students and institutions and the possibility of linking theory with practice.

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service learning; satisfaction; qualitative research; higher education; student participation

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Benefits Derived by College Students from Mentoring At-Risk Youth in a Service-Learning Course

Weiler, Lindsey; Haddock, Shelley; Zimmerman, Toni S.; Krafchick, Jen; Henry, Kimberly; Rudisill, Sarah

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
52 3-4 236-248 DOI: 10.1007/s10464-013-9589-z

 

Language Country
English Other

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Service learning is increasingly being used as a pedagogical strategy for promoting the development of civic-mindedness among university students. Despite the use of this strategy, little is known about the benefits derived from specific types of service-learning experiences. Additionally, few notable studies have examined the unique outcomes experienced by mentors of at-risk youth. Therefore, this study examines the civic-related benefits that college students derive from mentoring at-risk youth within a structured, service-learning course. A series of linear regression models were estimated to determine if there were significant post-intervention differences between the treatment and comparison condition for the variables of interest, after adjusting for key background factors and pre-intervention levels of all variables. The results indicated that, in comparison to college students who did not participate in the course (n = 258), college student in Campus Corps, a youth mentoring program, (n = 390) had significantly higher scores at post-intervention regarding mentors’ civic attitudes, community service self-efficacy, self-esteem, interpersonal and problem solving skills, political awareness, and civic action. Findings hold important implications for youth mentoring programs and future research.

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Service-learning; Youth mentoring; College students; Civic-related outcomes; At-risk youth; Experiential learning

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Learning to change universities from within: a service-learning perspective on promoting sustainable consumption in higher education

Barth, Matthias; Adomssent, Maik; Fischer, Daniel; Richter, Sonja; Rieckmann, Marco

JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
62 72-81 DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.04.006

 

Language Country
English Germany

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Progression towards more sustainable consumption patterns is a key challenge of the 21st century. Higher education plays a crucial role in this in as much as it significantly contributes to building the capacity of future generations to deal with real-world problems of unsustainable consumption. However, conceptually substantiated approaches to educating for sustainable consumption in universities are still poorly developed. This paper contributes to bridging this gap. It merges two separate fields of scholarship (service learning and incidental learning) and analyses key aspects of a teaching approach to promoting learning for sustainable consumption in higher education. A case example of a series of project-based seminars is presented that illustrates how this conceptual approach can be applied in practice. This paper illustrates how the integration of the concept of transdisciplinarity into service learning can help to further develop the concept to support rich and meaningful learning settings for students. The paper concludes with a critical appraisal of the approach for moving forward the agenda of higher education for sustainable development in the context of consumption and with a call for further research. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Service learning; Higher education; Sustainable consumption; Incidental learning; Transdisciplinary collaboration

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Service-Learning as training for social entrepreneurship: an experience in the University

Torio Lopez, Susana; Pena Calvo, Jose Vicente; Hernandez Garcia, Jesus

HIGHER EDUCATION: THE CHALLENGE OF EMPLOYABILITY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
139 504-511 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.08.055

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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This paper describes the experience which was undertaken in the “Lifelong learning” subject, taught in the Degree of Education Science at the Teacher Training and Education Faculty (University of Oviedo). This subject was taught in the second semester of the academic year 2013/2014. 111 students participated. The activity described required the design of a service-learning project. The main intention was to approach this methodology and stimulate reflections on small experiences of social engagement to gradually enable students to undertake more ambitious projects. The most relevant aspects of the experience are explained and some examples of projects prepared by groups of students in various areas (civic participation, health promotion, direct assistance to individuals, generational exchange and cultural heritage) are pointed out. We end with some conclusions about the most important benefits of this methodology in three areas: academic curriculum, value education and community outreach. Although it was a minor social practice, it represented an opportunity for the development of initiative, creativity, future vision, confidence, tenacity and positive thinking, all qualities needed in people with an entrepreneurial spirit. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published

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service-learning; social entrepreneurship; higher education; entrepreneurial education

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Service-Learning Projects Based on Dynamic Documentation in Engineering Colleges

Garcia-Alonso, J. M.; Soriano, E.; Garcia-Vicario, I.; Rubio, H.

NEW TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY IN THE FIELD OF MECHANISM AND MACHINE THEORY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
19 69-81 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-01836-2_8

 

Language Country
English Spain

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In recent years, engineering colleges have started to integrate service-learning projects into many of their required courses. In the literature, there are many important definitions for service-learning pedagogy, including reciprocity, reflection, coaching and community projects. This paper presents a service-learning pedagogy implementation program for educating engineering undergraduates to solve real-world problems. Three project models for mechanical engineering, ranging from a single semester to a full calendar year, form the basis for the analyses presented. Finding appropriate community partners and projects are critical for a successful experience for all involved parties. From the results of this analysis, it is possible to conclude that, through these projects, students acquired and applied the competencies in the defined curriculum.

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Service-learning; Dynamic documentation; Community engagement; Mechanical design

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Effects of service-learning in a University in Taiwan

Lin, Chao-Yin; Wu, Shu-Wen; Wu, Su-Fang; Pan, Bao-Shih; Liao, Hui-Chen

5TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
116 902-906 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.317

 

Language Country
English Other

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‘Service-Learning’ integrates academic courses into the community so that students understand the relevance of their studies and become more engaged. This paper inquires whether the American system of Service-Learning is appropriate for use in a university in Taiwan, with its different cultural background. Students were assigned to work in small teams together with carers for disabled elderly people in an institution. Results showed their academic studies acquired more meaning and relevance when brought into context by practical work within the community. Service-Learning students break down isolation between the community and academics. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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service learning; community; elderly people; reflection; curriculum

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Enriching Service Learning by its Diversity: Combining University Service Learning and Corporate Social Responsibility to Help the NGOs Adapt Technology to Their Needs

Chang, Yao-Jen; Chen, Yan-Ru; Wang, Frank Tsen-Yung; Chen, Shu-Fang; Liao, Rhi-Hua

SYSTEMIC PRACTICE AND ACTION RESEARCH

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
27 2 185-193 DOI: 10.1007/s11213-013-9278-8

 

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English Other

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Community-based service learning helps students link subject matter to everyday life and developing sense of responsibility to their community. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. Both promote civic engagement but the two hardly come across each other. We explore the process that enriched service learning with its diversity by combining CSR practices of a multinational software company. It begins by exploring different forms of action research with a focus on action engagement to improve students’ involvement in marginalized communities. The article provides field-based reflections of the sustained engagement and suggests ways in which service learning experiences may create rooms for innovation and growth in the non-profit sector, local communities, businesses, and students themselves.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Service-learning; Non-Governmental Organization (NGO); Engineering ethics

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A Case Study of Service Learning Effectiveness based on Ubiquitous learning system for College Students

Chang, Wan-Jen; Yeh, Z. M.

GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON LINGUISTICS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING (LINELT-2013)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
136 554-558 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.05.375

 

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English Other

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The purpose of this study is to design a ubiquitous learning system for college students to support the experience learning in serving disadvantaged groups, help them resolve the confuse situation, give them feedback instantly and facilitate their reflection effectively. We use the ‘Moodle’ platform as the foundation to develop the service learning system, and add some functional modules in this learning system to help students learning effectively, such as Instant-Message Platform, learning materials, discussion forum, audio-visual media etc. There are 79 college students attend this plan. The single group experimental design is used in this study. The t value of pre-test and post-test in “service learning effective questionnaire “are significant (t=30.409, p<.001). The t value of "satisfaction of the ubiquitous learning system" is 4.2842 (p<.001). The statistic results show that the ubiquitous learning system can help college students in service learning effectively. (C) 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Keywords: 

Service Learning; U-Learning; Instant-Message

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The art of learning art: service-learning as a tool to build professional student identity. A proposal for university education of arts

Gregori-Giralt, Eva; Menendez-Varela, Jose-Luis

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND INNOVATION (CIDUI)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
196 100-105 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.018

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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In this study we examine the evolution of the service-learning projects carried out by students in three classroom groups in an introductory course at the Faculty of Fine Arts. The projects presented and the results obtained suggested that students had begun to develop the professional profile characteristic of their discipline. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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service-learning; identity; membership; arts; evaluation

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Actas de la III Jornada de investigadores sobre aprendizaje-servicio

Herrero, Ma. Alejandra. Tapia, María Nieves.

CLAYSS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-987-23812-5-7

 

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Spanish Other

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CLAYSS has organized five Service-Learning Research Symposiums in 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Service-Learning Research Symposium aims at contributing to its theoretical foundations, to promote encounter and exchange between researchers and to give visibility to the experiences developed in the different educational areas. It focuses on: Discussions and theoretical contributions to the definition of “Service- Learning “; Monitoring and evaluation of service-learning institutional programs and practices and case studies and systematization of service-learning programs and practices. This impact publication collects papers submitted to the III Symposium.

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Service-learning; International research

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Criteria for evaluating Service-Learning (SL) Proposals in Universities

Bellera, Jaume; Albertin, Pilar; Bonmati, Anna

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND INNOVATION (CIDUI)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
196 14-20 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.003

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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This study aims to provide criteria to help to design and evaluate Service-Learning (SL) experiences in universities, and the process to be held to validate them at national level. These basic criteria provide a framework for the promotion of best Service-Learning practices in universities and also help to strengthen its implementation to be considered an innovative practice in the university. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords: 

Service-Learning; Teaching Innovation; valuation criteria; university; social function of the university

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Development of the open educational rajabhat university students resources using service learning to enhance public consciousness and creative problem solving

Chanayotha, Poggade; Na-songkhla, Jaitip

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW HORIZONS IN EDUCATION, INTE 2014

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
174 1976-1982 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.863

 

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English Other

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Technologies have been crucial in education in terms of transmitting both academic knowledge and local wisdom to society. The study aimed to develop and study the effects of the open educational resources of which goals focused on enhancing public consciousness creative problem solving of the students through social service activities. The procedures of the open educational resources were as follows; phase I: field study investigating the information about local food; phase II: design and development of the media regarding the local food as well as its implementation and evaluation; phase III: publicizing and appreciating his or her piece of work. (C) 2015 The authors Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Open Educational Resources; Service Learning; Public Consciousness; Creative Problem Solving

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How Ready Is Higher Education Faculty for Engaged Student Learning? Applying Transtheoretical Model to Measure Service-Learning Beliefs and Adoption

Hou, Su-, I; Wilder, Shannon

SAGE OPEN

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
5 1 DOI: 10.1177/2158244015572282

 

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English Other

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This study examined service-learning (SL) beliefs and participation among faculty in different stages of involvement to develop tailored resources and support. A representative sample of 1,200 faculty members at a major public university in Southeast United States was recruited. The study used the transtheoretical model (TTM) as an innovative way to group SL involvement into five stages: unaware (U), pre-contemplation (PC), contemplation (C), preparation (Prep), and action and maintenance (A/M). Perceived benefits and barriers at different levels were assessed. The distribution among faculty who completed the online survey (n = 450, 60% males) across stages was 20% (U), 31% (PC), 16% (C), 10% (Prep), and 23% (A/M). Analyses showed significant differences on the 4 SL beliefs, F(3, 358) ranged from 7.05 to 78.31, all p< .001, across stages. This study provides the first valuable empirical data to support the application of TTM to the SL arena and identified salient variables influencing faculty involvement across stages. Keywords: 

the transtheoretical model (TTM); service-learning; perceived benefits; perceived barriers; willingness to participate (WTP); resource utilization likelihood (RUL)

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Implementation of service learning and civic engagement for students of computer information systems through a course project at the Hashemite University

Al-Khasawneh, Ahmad; Hammad, Bashar K.

EDUCATION FOR INFORMATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
31 4 181-193 DOI: 10.3233/EFI-150951

 

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English Other

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Service learning methodologies provide students of information systems with the opportunity to create and implement systems in real-world, public service-oriented social contexts. This paper presents a case study which involves integrating a service learning project into an undergraduate Computer Information Systems course entitled “Information Systems” for the first time at the Hashemite University in Jordan. The project requires students to visit local non-profit and government agencies to learn about and to provide needed information systems services and solutions that are closely related to the specific course topics they have come across during their lectures. Students are required to brainstorm and suggest innovative ideas and to provide the information systems services and solutions required based on tips and hints provided by the instructor and specialized consultants in the field. In these activities, students actively evaluate and analyze the complex contributors associated with understanding problem domains, as well as designing and implementing real-world solutions. A student’s achievement in this project is evaluated by their academic supervisor, their community partners, and the student’s own reflections on their experience. This paper presents qualitative analysis of integrating service learning and civic engagement in this course, and highlights benefits, challenges, and recommendations for future implementation.

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Information systems; education; service learning; project management skills; professional skills; experiential learning

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Mentoring as service-learning: The relationship between perceived peer support and outcomes for college women mentors

Marshall, Jenna H.; Lawrence, Edith C.; Williams, Joanna Lee; Peugh, James

STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
47 38-46 DOI: 10.1016/j.stueduc.2015.07.001

 

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English Other

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This study examined whether peer support was related to psychosocial outcomes for college women serving as youth mentors in the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), a service-learning mentoring program. The outcomes assessed were college students’ ethnocultural empathy and their sense of competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Data included questionnaires completed by YWLP mentors (YWLP; n = 227) and college women with (CS; n = 230) and without (no CS; n = 105) alternative community service involvement. Results showed that YWLP mentors’ level of perceived peer support was associated with stronger outcomes in autonomy as compared to the CS group and in ethnocultural empathy as compared to both comparison groups. These findings extend the literature on effective support for college service-learning participants. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Service-learning; Higher education; Mentoring; Peer support; Self-determination theory; Ethnocultural empathy

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Partners in Learning: Exploring Two Transformative University and High School Service-Learning Partnerships

Bialka, Christa S.; Havlik, Stacey A.

JOURNAL OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
39 3 220-237 DOI: 10.1177/1053825916640539

 

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English Other

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This study describes a service-learning partnership between a Mid-Atlantic university and two private, urban high schools by examining the perspectives of those engaged in the service experience. The purpose of this study was to explore the shared experiences of service-learning in schools from the perspectives of both university and high school participants. The key findings of this study reveal that clear and consistent responsibilities, roles, and goals are critical to developing partnerships; relationship building engenders growth of both university and high school participants; service-learning allows for practical application of course content; high school participants desire non-hierarchical relationships with university participants; and participants are able to identify similarities despite their differences. These findings highlight important aspects of the service-learning experience for both sets of participants, as well as suggest directions for course instructors to build partnerships that foster reciprocal relationships and create environments that address issues of power and privilege.

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service-learning; university partnerships; education; counseling

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Reaching Back Strategy: Using Mirroring, Trust, and Cultural Alignment in a Service-learning Course to Impact Hispanic Parents’ Perception of College-A Case Study

Sheil, Astrid; Rivera, Jose Luis

JOURNAL OF LATINOS AND EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
15 2 140-149 DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2015.1066253

 

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English Other

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Thirty-four undergraduate public relations majors participating in a problem-based service-learning project at a Hispanic-Serving Institution executed an event that attracted more than 100 low-income Hispanic families to campus. The purpose was to help parents prepare their children for college. From primary and secondary research, the students identified 3 dimensions for reaching the targeted audience-mirroring, trust, and cultural alignment-which were dubbed the Reaching Back strategy. Our purpose is to describe how the Reaching Back strategy works, the benefits of problem-based service-learning projects for both students and community participants, and how this strategy can be replicated.

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Higher education; hispanic; hispanic-serving institution; latinos; public relations; service-learning

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Reciprocal Service-Learning Benefits Students, Educators, and the University

Forehand, Jeffery W.; Vardaman, Shellye A.; Outlaw, Kerri L.

JOURNAL OF CHRISTIAN NURSING

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
33 3 E38-E41 DOI: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000299

 

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English Other

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Service-learning offers an opportunity to educate nursing students and foster important personal and professional characteristics. A different kind of service-learning project was developed and implemented in a nursing school. Community/ public health nursing students and nurse educators taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and epilepsy training to faculty and staff members of another university department in a Good Samaritan Training project. The multiple benefits of the project to nursing students, educators, and the project recipients are discussed.

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community health; community service; nursing education; service-learning

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Service-learning and higher education: evaluating students learning process form their own percpective

Berasategi, Naiara; Alonso, Israel; Roman, Gorka

2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ADVANCES,HEAD’16

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
228 424-429 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.07.065

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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This paper presents a description and evaluation of an innovative teaching experience carried out through a service-learning methodology within the university Degree in Social Education at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). It compiles data collected from 62 students from 3rd year, who were attending the subject “Socio-educational intervention with adults, elders and people with special needs” in the year 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The international theoretical basis related to the development and impact of this methodology within higher education, a description of the design and the development of the case of study and a quantitative evaluation are presented in this paper. The results have been analyzed through a questionnaire that seeks the opinion of the students about their teachers. We conclude providing evidences about the impact this learning process has had over the students, mainly in aspects such as involvement, motivation and reflexive attitude. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Service-learning; socio-educational intervention; higher education

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The Effects of Service-Learning on College Students’ Attitudes Toward Older Adults

Augustin, Frankline; Freshman, Brenda

GERONTOLOGY & GERIATRICS EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
37 2 123-144 DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2015.1079705

 

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English Other

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The current U.S. health care workforce shortage is at crisis levels for providers who specialize in elder care. Barriers such as ageism, lack of awareness of the need for workers, and lack of contact with seniors can affect the career choice of young professionals. To explore ways to increase the number of students who pursue gerontology and to expand the elder care workforce, the researchers conducted a qualitative content analysis on the impact of service learning in senior care facilities on students’ attitudes toward older adults. Students with senior contact reported increases in positive perceptions of seniors, discovered their own ageist stereotypes, and developed an interest in a career in elder care. Twenty-one months after the service-learning experience, students were surveyed again with their responses indicating continued positive attitude changes along with professional development demonstrating beneficial long-term effects from the experience.

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attitudes; college students; elder care; elderly; older adults; seniors; service-learning

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The Role of Subjective Task Value in Service-Learning Engagement among Chinese College Students

Li, Yulan; Guo, Fangfang; Yao, Meilin; Wang, Cong; Yan, Wenfan

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
7 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00954

 

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English Other

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Most service-learning studies in higher education focused on its effects on students’ development. The dynamic processes and mechanisms of students’ development during service-learning, however, have not been explored thoroughly. Student engagement in service-learning may affect service-learning outcomes and be affected by subjective task value at the same time. The present study aimed to explore the effect of subjective task value on Chinese college student engagement during service learning. Fifty-four Chinese college students participated in a 9-weeks service-learning program of interacting with children with special needs. Students’ engagement and subjective task value were assessed via self-report questionnaires and 433 weekly reflective journals. The results indicated that the cognitive, emotional and behavioral engagement of Chinese college students demonstrated different developmental trends during service-learning process. Subjective task value played an essential role in student engagement in service-learning activities. However, the role of subjective task value varied with different stages. Finally, the implications for implementing service-learning in Chinese education were discussed.

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service-learning; Chinese college student; engagement; subjective task value

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Trends in Higher Education Service-Learning Courses for Pre-Service Teachers: A Systematic Review

Copaci, Iulia A.; Rusu, Alina S.

ERD 2016 – EDUCATION, REFLECTION, DEVELOPMENT, FOURTH EDITION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
18 1-11 DOI: 10.15405/epsbs.2016.12.1

 

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English Romania

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As a malleable, potent curricular tool with numerous positive outcomes in students’ personal, academic and social lives, Service-Learning (S-L) has lately gained an increased interest from the scientific community. The most important challenge in introducing S-L instructional strategies in academic practice is designing effective, pragmatic S-L programs directed towards both reforming education by enhancing pre-service teachers’ experiences and addressing community needs. Following the systematic review algorithm, this paper focuses on summarizing novel trends and procedures in higher education S-L courses for pre-service teachers and on outlining a best practices profile. The systematic review is based on key research questions that reveal the following aspects of the S-L programs: the major scope of the programs, the most common types of programs, the hosting environment chosen by project managers, the types of activities included in such programs, the architecture of the mandatory reflection component of S-L programs, as well as the duration and evaluation techniques of the programs. The findings may serve as a reference point in designing more efficient S-L programs. (C) 2016 Published by Future Academy

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Service-Learning; Pre-Service Teachers; Higher Education

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Implementing and Sustaining Higher Education Service-Learning Initiatives: Revisiting Young et al.’s Organizational Tactics

Bennett, Dawn; Sunderland, Naomi; Bartleet, Brydie-Leigh; Power, Anne

JOURNAL OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
39 2 145-163 DOI: 10.1177/1053825916629987

 

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English Other

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Although the value of service-learning opportunities has long been aligned to student engagement, global citizenship, and employability, the rhetoric can be far removed from the reality of coordinating such activities within higher education. This article stems from arts-based service-learning initiatives with Indigenous communities in Australia. It highlights challenges encountered by the projects and the tactics used to overcome them. These are considered in relation to Young, Shinnar, Ackerman, Carruthers, and Young’s four tactics for starting and sustaining service-learning initiatives. The article explores the realities of service-learning initiatives that exist at the edge of institutional funding and rely on the commitment of key individuals. The research revises Young et al.’s four tactics and adds the fifth tactic of organizational commitment, which emerged as a distinct strategy used to prompt new commitment, enact existing commitment, and extend limited commitment at the organizational level.

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service learning; Indigenous; higher education; arts; Australia; experiential learning

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Case study of service learning for the knowledge donation activity of university students

이정아

Asia-pacific Journal of Multimedia Services Convergent with Art, Humanities, and Sociology

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
6 8 259-268 DOI: 10.14257/AJMAHS.2016.08.41  

 

Language Country
Other Other

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The purpose of this study is to analyze service learning program operation case which supports systematically to university students practicing various knowledge donation activities in the university and to explore qualitatively in various experiences during service learning activity done by them. To do it, a procedural model for service learning conducted in ‘B’ university was analyzed. In addition, an educational meaning was explored in knowledge donation activity conducted by university students by analyzing qualitatively what they have been experienced through the activity outcomes and the participation observations of six students who joined this activity. From this study, a procedural model of service learning operations conducted in ‘B’ university at the first semester of 2016 was taken and educational implications of entire operation case were deducted from them by doing both a qualitative analysis on the outcomes of students who joined ‘A’ curriculum service learning and a researcher’s participation observation. Research results showed that there were a preparation stage, a proceeding stage and an evaluation stage. An activity plan, a weekly activity report, a written oath, an assay, a self-assessment format and so on were provided as supporting elements for each stage. Moreover, it was confirmed that persistent self-assessment and self-reflection of students were made during the activity. Through the analysis of activity outcomes, three meanings were driven. First, a fear to the challenge and a start to expectation. Second, growth together. Third, a consideration and a concession. As a result of the case analysis of service learning for university students’ knowledge donation activity, it was confirmed that students experienced the recognition change to tends to focus on and understand other people and a local community through donation experience of their major knowledge to be able to being donated to the local community

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Knowledge donation; Service learning; Qualitative research; Reflective reflection; Educational exploring.

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Determinants of students’ interest in service learning (Odrednice interesa studenata za društveno korisno učenje)

Modić Stanke, Koraljka; Putarek, Vanja

International Conference EDUvision 2016 “Modern Approaches to Teaching the Coming Generations”. Orel, M. (ed.), Ljubljana.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1105-1117 ISBN: 978-961-93662-8-8

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Service learning (SL) is a teaching method that enables students to apply academic knowledge and skills and also to enrich the process of acquiring knowledge by teamworkondevelopinga project that solves a specific social problem. As such, SLis closely associated with the trends of modern education, which emphasize the importance of critical thinking and practical experience in education. Considering the great potentialof SL, it is important to conduct research that will examine various determinants and aspects of SL. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine students’interest inSLand possibledifferences in this interest in 2relation to the socio-demographic variables, familiarity and experience in SLand psychological variables. The research was conducted on the students of the University of Zagreb (N=252) using the on-line questionnaire, which consisted of sociodemographic questions, items related to SL, Civilresponsibility Questionnaire and The General Self-efficacy Scale. The results showed that most students areinterestedin the enrolment in the SLcourse. Furthermore, students who previously heardofSLand those thatvolunteered somewherewere more interested in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Finally, students who had greater specific self-efficacy and greater civil responsibility also had greater interest in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Given the existing deficit of SLcourses in the Republic of Croatia, these results suggest the need to increase the number of elective and obligatory courses that include SLin order to improve the qualifications of students for the labor market.

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civic responsibility; service learning; experience; self-eficacy; students

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Hopeful, Local, Visionary, Solutions-Oriented, Transformative, Place-Based Sustainability Stories and Service-Learning as Tools for University-Level Education for Sustainable Development: Experiences from University of Vermont

Hudspeth, Thomas R.

TEACHING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
191-203 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32928-4_13

 

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English Other

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Promoting and building capacity for education for sustainable development (ESD) at institutions of higher education requires engaging numerous stakeholders involving various sectors. This chapter aims to provide learning opportunities on how to implement university-level ESD by reporting on two promising practices for engaging stakeholders-sustainability stories and service-learning-and reflecting on how they are used in two courses, their impact and replicability, and useful lessons learned from them.

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Education for sustainable development; Sustainability; Higher education; Service learning; Community engagement; Stories/narratives

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Development of College Program Management Model for Service-Learning

김지영

Journal of Education & Culture

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
23 1 66-102 DOI: 10.24159/joec.2017.23.1.65  

 

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English Other

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This primary purpose of this paper is to develop college program management model for Service-Learning in order to offer educational experiences to support meaningful community service.The research conducted the following steps: (1) literature reviews of Service-Learning, (2) survey on the demands for service learning program of students and the teaching staffs, (3) analysis of the service learning performance.Service-Learning management draft model in college had been applied in the second semester 2015. The design of program management model for Service-Learning consisted of six elements: the basic direction, objects, contents and methods, performance and reflection, administrate procedures, evaluation and sharing practical experience of Service –Learning.

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Service learning; Reflection; Higher education; Model; Accreditation

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Effects of a Service-Learning program on university students

Hervas Torres, Mirian; Fernandez Martin, Francisco D.; Arco Tirado, Jose Luis; Minaca Laprida, Maria Isabel

ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
15 1 126-146 DOI: 10.14204/ejrep.41.16049

 

Language Country
Spanish Spain

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Introduction. The low productivity that prevailing in recent years in Higher Education requires urgently institutional responses aimed to improving quality of university education contributing to the development among students of key competences for lifelong learning. In this sense, the aim of this research was to explore the effects of an intervention program, based on service-learning and peer mentoring methodologies, to enhance social skills and the learn to learn skill of university students.

Method. The sample was composed of 78 university students of 5 degrees related to the teaching profession of the University of Huelva (Spain). The methodological design adopted was quasi-experimental pretest-posttest, using standardized tests to evaluate the dependent variables. The intervention consisted of 481 mentoring sessions, 423 individual and 58 in group, among the university students, as mentors, previously trained in 3 sessions of training, and students in Compulsory Education. These sessions spread throughout the second and third quarters of the school year 2013/ 2014 during out of school time, a weekly mentoring session among the couple of mentors with their mentee lasted for 90 minutes each.

Results. The results show statistically significant differences in favour of the posttest phase in social skills and strategies for learning and motivation of the participants.

Discussion and Conclusion. These results agree largely whit the empirical evidences from specialized literature show when service-learning and peer mentoring methodology are used as the basis for an intervention program.

Keywords: 

motivation; learning strategies; social skills; competency; service learning

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